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William Hartston vs Tony Miles
British Championship (1973), Eastbourne ENG, rd 10, Aug-16
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B76)  ·  1-0



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Nov-19-03  lordazol: Im playing this variation as black 12.. Qa5 gives black a lot of tactical advantages.Its not a good plan exchanging blackbishops here.Maybe Miles cares 13 e5 but after 12...Qa5 this move is not effective 12..Qa5 13 h5 is more prudent and than 13...Rfc8 14 g4 - Rc4 15 h5 - Nxe4! black is better
May-24-04  Cornwallis: <Lordazal>
I am not arguing with you but i am just asking how does 12...Qa5 give you tactical advantages.
Mar-20-05  ArturoRivera: <Cornwallis> quiete simply, i, as a dragon player know that Qa5 prepares the exchange sacrifice in c3, its always a good idea to make Qa5, however i dont agree the way miles play it here, doubling pawns, simplifiying the position with disadvantage to black AND exchanging the dragon bishop!!! is clearly incorrect, unless you have a plan, which is not the case in here.
May-17-05  soberknight: These 2 men had at different times the same woman as wife: Dr. Jana Malypetrova Hartston Miles Bellin
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  Clement Fraud: I'm confused... might anyone be able to help me?

I have checked out the opening explorer, and following 9.Qe2 there are 22 recorded games - which include grandmaster encounters like this one. From where I am sitting, I believe it is possible for Black to play 9... Nxe4 - winning a Pawn! After 9... Nxe4 the White Knight on d4 is attacked twice ; and if White responds with 10.Nxc6, then Black has 10... Nxc3!

I find it hard it hard to believe that a grandmaster could have missed such an obvious tactic, and am convinced that it is me who's at fault (and I'm the one missing a refutation). Could anyone please tell me what the refutation is to 9... Nxe4 (?), and many thanks in advance.

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  MissScarlett: < After 9... Nxe4 the White Knight on d4 is attacked twice ; and if White responds with 10.Nxc6, then Black has 10... Nxc3!>

Why stop there? Keep going.

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  Clement Fraud: <MissScarlett>

Following 9.Qe2 Nxe4 10.Nxc6 Nxc3, play might continue 11.Nxd8 Nxe2 12.Kxe2 Rxd8 when Black remains a Pawn up (and White has no compensation). Even if White chooses a different move than 10.Nxc6, I still utterly fail to see how White can make good for the loss of his Pawn.

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  MissScarlett: Does White have an alternative on move 12?
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  Clement Fraud: <MissScarlett>

Oh course he does - very well spotted! 12.Nxf7! wins for White (!!)

You have provided the entire solution to my question! It's little wonder I had such a dreadful season before the lock-downs started.

Many thanks to you MissScarlett

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  MissScarlett: <12.Nxf7! wins for White> That must be best but Bxf7+ or Nxb7 are also playable, the point being that Black's knight has no escape squares.

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  MissScarlett: Now that Stockfish is back, it can be seen that <9...Nxe4> is an entirely playable novelty, and if it ever appears in the DB must be dubbed the <Clement Fraud Variation>.

<9...Nxe4 10.Nxc6 Nxc3 11.Nxd8 Nxe2 12.Nxf7> is indeed best but <12...Rxf7 13. Bxf7+ Kxf7 14. Kxe2 Bxb2 15. Rab1 Bg7 16. Rhd1 b6> and White's advantage is nominal. I was off the mark to think that White could get away with <12.Nxb7> since <12...Nd4! (an escape square) 13.Bxd4 Bxd4> is clearly better for Black.

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